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Some Iowa counties doing better than others immunizing kids

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

A number of counties in eastern Iowa fall below the state average for immunizing young children.

64 percent of two-year-old Iowans are up to date on their immunizations. In eastern Iowa, Benton county is doing the best job of immunizing toddlers, coming in at 78 percent, while Johnson County has immunized only 32 percent of young children. Overall, Health Department officials say they are happy with this year's results.

"Vaccine-preventable diseases that were common 40 years ago are now rare due to the development of new vaccines and achievement of high immunization rates. Even with our high immunization rate, we must remain diligent in our efforts to promote vaccines by providing sound science]based education," said Black Hawk County Public Health Director Bruce Meisinger.

These immunization rates reflect the effort made both by healthcare providers and public health in immunizing children," said Delma Hardin, Delaware County Public Health Manager.

In 2011, the Iowa Vaccines For Children program distributed 622,997 doses of vaccine to health care providers. The Iowa Department of Public Health has the full 2011 Immunization Report.

 

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